September 25, 2019, 11:00 AM

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Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Kuo: 2020 iPhones will have a new metal frame structure similar to iPhone 4 to reduce the negative impact of metal on the efficiency of the internal antenna  —  Apple will unveil redesigned iPhones next year that boast a new metal frame structure reminiscent of the iPhone 4 …
Laura Kayali / Politico:
Google refuses to pay publishers in France, first to apply EU's copyright law, will only show headlines and thumbnails, unless publisher asks to add previews  —  The announcement pours cold water on publishers' hopes of getting more money from Google after an EU reform of online copyright law.
Google AI Blog:
Google has released a dataset of ~3,000 deepfake videos to help researchers develop deepfake detection techniques  —  Deep learning has given rise to technologies that would have been thought impossible only a handful of years ago.  Modern generative models are one example of these …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it doesn't fact-check politicians' speech or block their content, generally assuming it is newsworthy, even if it violates Facebook policies  —  Facebook confirms it won't fact-check politicians' speech or block their content if it's newsworthy even if it violates the site's hatespeech rules or other policies.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann is resigning as CEO, will be nonexecutive chairman of We Co.; source: his voting shares will be reduced in power from 10:1 to 3:1  —  - WeWork CEO Adam Neumann will step down but retain his seat as nonexecutive chairman, the company says.
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Leaked TikTok content moderation guidelines reveal how it censors videos mentioning Tiananmen Square, Tibetan independence, or Falun Gong  —  Leak spells out how social media app advances China's foreign policy aims  —  TikTok, the popular Chinese-owned social network …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft opens registrations for public preview of Project xCloud, coming in October to US, UK, and Korea, starting with Android devices  —  Available in the coming weeks in the US, UK, and Korea  —  Microsoft is starting to accept registrations for its upcoming Project xCloud game streaming preview.
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
Comscore settles with SEC on charges the firm and its ex-CEO made false statements, engaging in a fraudulent scheme to overstate revenue by ~$50M from 2014-2016  —  Media analytics firm is accused of overstating revenue by $50 million, making false statements about performance
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
After many years in the lab, Boston Dynamics will begin selectively leasing its four-legged robot Spot, which can keep its balance under extreme circumstances  —  A new leasing program is putting dozens of robots to work in the real world  —  Boston Dynamics is letting its first major robot out of the lab.
Michael Muchmore / PCMag:
Adobe launches Fresco, an iPad app for painting that supports oil, watercolor, and vectors, with a limited version available for non-Creative Cloud users  —  Adobe today announced the availability of its much-anticipated iPad drawing app, Fresco, which supports the Apple Pencil and uses AI …
More: Adobe Blog
CBS Pittsburgh:
Google contract workers in Pittsburgh, employed by IT services provider HCL, vote to join the United Steelworkers union in a 49 vs 24 vote  —  PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - About 80 contracted Google employees voted to join the United Steelworkers union.  —  The workers voted in favor of unionization …
Anna Wiener / New Yorker:
An excerpt from “Uncanny Valley”, a memoir on the aspiration, ambivalence, and disillusionment of Silicon Valley startup culture  —  Life in Silicon Valley during the dawn of the unicorns.  —  Depending on whom you ask, 2012 represented the apex, the inflection point …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Report: analysis of ~2,000 malware samples attributed to Russian state-sponsored hacking groups shows that the groups rarely share code with one another  —  A first-of-its-kind research project highlights the connections between nearly 2,000 samples of Russian APT malware.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Apple says it is working to fix a bug in iOS 13 and iPadOS that may grant “full access” to third-party keyboards by mistake  —  Apple is warning users of an iOS bug involving third-party keyboards.  —  In a brief advisory posted Tuesday, the tech giant said the bug impacts third-party keyboards …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Azure Sentinel, Microsoft's cloud-based security information and event management service, hits general availability, with prices starting at $2.46 per GB  —  Pricing starts at $2.46 per gigabyte (GB) of ingested data.  —  Microsoft today took Azure Sentinel out of public preview …
Christina Farr / CNBC:
Amazon launches Amazon Care, a virtual primary care clinic with an option for nurses to visit employees in the home, as a pilot for employees in Seattle  —  - Amazon just launched Amazon Care, a virtual primary care clinic with an option for nurses to visit employees in the home.
Danny Crichton / TechCrunch:
Austin-based ZenBusiness, which develops a platform to help entrepreneurs launch companies, raises $15M Series A led by Greycroft  —  There are two sides to starting a new business.  On one side, entrepreneurs need creativity, imagination — a dream, essentially — to find, build, and market a new product to users and consumers.
More: FinSMEs
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Fidel, which offers an API to enable developers to build on top of payment card data from Visa/Mastercard, raises $18M Series A co-led by Nyca Partners and QED  —  Fidel, the U.K.-headquartered startup that offers an API to let developers build functionality, such as rewards …

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